At the end of December, Cassio Werneck of GMA Cassio Werneck BJJ in Sacramento, CA hosted an event to help a teammate’s son and his struggle with Bilateral Retinablastoma. Ever since Kaden was ten days old he has been fighting for both his vision and now his life. Jiu-Jitsu practitioners from all over Northern California came together in support of Kaden’s fight, and also to get some excellent training with people they might never have gotten to train with otherwise. They held an open mat session with donations, which started in the morning and people were still rolling late into the afternoon.
Another big event at the academy came in January. Cassio bestowed the rank of black belt to three more students: Davin Maxwell, who runs Sacramento BJJ Fight Academy with his father Terry Maxwell (who is also a Cassio Werneck black belt), Merrick Hamilton who was been tearing up the competitions lately, and professional MMA fighter and multiple time & weight champion Jaime Jara.
Check out photos of the two events here:
More information about GMA Cassio Werneck BJJ can be found at www.cassiowerneck.com